Google opening a temporary store in New York for Pixel launch

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Google’s retail presence has been less than stellar, but they’re primarily a software company so it’s never really been a big deal unless you wanted to see a Nexus in store. They’ve made partnerships with places like Best Buy to try and build out a relatively small physical presence, but for the Pixel launch we might see Google take matters into their own hands. Temporarily, at least.

Google Pixel will be holding out some features from Android 7.1 Nougat

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Google Pixel was the star of Google’s October 4th show, completely overshadowing Android 7.1 Nougat. In fact, Google barely mentioned the update at all, except that Pixel will be the first device to run the newest OS ahead of the Nexus line.

Turns out, a big reason for that is that many of the newest features that were shown off with the Pixel were Pixel features and not Android features.

Google’s head of Android says Nexus now part of history

In the weeks leading up to Google’s big unveiling of the Pixel and Pixel XL, lots of questions started to surface about the future of the Nexus brand. These were partially fueled by rumors of a new Huawei built, Nexus branded tablet and others who thought Google may use the Pixel brand only for their premium devices. However, Hiroshi Lockheimer who heads up the Android team at Google says in an interview with Bloomberg that that are no plans for any new or additional Nexus devices, signaling the brand has been effectively killed off.

Google gets some help from Silicon Valley for event intro

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During Google’s big fall unveiling event yesterday, in between presentations by different Google reps we were treated to a variety of videos highlighting some of the products. However, to get things kicked off Google turned to the world of fiction as seen in the hit show Silicon Valley thanks to an intro video featuring the characters Dinesh and Gilfoyle. The video was a nice comedic touch and now you can check it out via YouTube if you missed it or just want to re-live the antics.

[Video] Everything Google showed the world today

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It was anything but a slow Tuesday in San Francisco. Google, one of the world’s most powerful technology companies, set itself on a path to be competitive in hardware after spending two decades investing in software. We saw everything from phones to routers debut with releases scheduled for this year.

Since there was a lot going on, we put together a video that recaps Google’s entire October 4 event.

Hit the break for the video.

Google now offering financing for Google Store purchases

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Long a weak spot for Google in their ability to sell products through the Google Store, the company has teamed up with Synchrony Bank to offer new financing options for any purchase of $149 or more. The timing could not be better for Google with the release of new products today that qualify for financing options, including the Pixel phone and the new Google Home device. However, older devices also qualify like the Pixel C and the CASIO Smart Outdoor Watch.

Where to get the Google Pixel in the U.S.

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It’s a new era at Google since the company’s newest device, the Pixel, is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. But Google’s distribution isn’t all that different. The Google Store and Best Buy will still offer unlocked models; however, one popular carrier has been added to the mix to give access to the Pixel to millions of people.

Everyone is trying to get their hands on the Pixel and Pixel XL, so we’re showing you where you can get Google’s 2016 flagship in the United States.